Thursday, January 14, 2016

When will NHTSA stop the KILLING?

On the right side of the Route 44 Toyota Sold Me a Lemon page is a listing by category. 

There have been trials, ignored by NHTSA, proving the CAUSE of TOYOTA FATAL ACCIDENTS

Of the Barbara Schwarz/Jean Bookout TRIAL in Oklahoma:
Barbara Schwarz, a passenger,  called her husband BEFORE SHE DIED and told him JEAN COULDN'T STOP THE CAR! 

NHTSA ignored the case and the verdict. 

Koua Fong Lee went to PRISON when his RUNAWAY TOYOTA killed others. 

NHTSA ignored the case and the verdict.

Where was NHTSA when these complaints were filed? : 

+ 37,900 complaints ignored by Toyota

Expect nothing more than a NHTSA WHITEWASH! 

Maybe you'll get an apology if Toyoda gets caught again! 

Don't count on it! 

It's time for NHTSA to do its job and STOP THE KILLING! 

Acceleration issue awaits federal answers

Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016

linda stockwell
While Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young has many concerns, his mind cannot be far from another pressing investigation.
Those questions surround an issue called “sudden unintended acceleration’ that have plagued Kia, Toyota and Hyundai vehicles for more than a decade.
In Winchester on New Years’ Eve, three people were killed in a terrible accident involving a 2008 Kia which slammed into the back of a minivan.  Both the driver of the Kia, who told first responders that the car had ‘run away from her,’ and twin 7 year old boys in the minivan died.
But that was not the only fatal accident involving an apparently unstoppable car that day.
In Ontario, Calif., just outside Los Angeles, a Toyota Yaris slammed into another vehicle, killing five people, including a 7-year old boy who was a passenger in the Yaris. The driver of the Yaris is reportedly cooperating with investigators and indicated the vehicle’s brakes were not responding, and the accelerator seemed stuck down.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has agreed to look into the California accident.  Winchester has also requested the NHTSA send a team to look at the wreckage in the police impound lot here.
Earlier this week, Winchester detectives heard back from the federal government and sent in a requested copy of the accident report for their review.  Winchester authorities are still hoping a forensic team from the government investigates the wreckage.
The issue of unintended sudden acceleration dates back to the 1990’s and has been an on-and-off issue for a number of carmakers, some of whom have issued recalls, once a reason for the malfunction is discovered.
Oftentimes, the cause is listed as operator error, like hitting the gas instead of the brakes, or an issue with floor mats moving and the accelerator getting stuck under them.  But other sources of sudden unexpected acceleration could possibly be traced to lines of faulty computer code within a vehicle’s operating systems.
Others point to low battery power which can cause the computers inside the vehicle to switch into different modes that can result in terrifying and sometimes deadly consequences for drivers.
Newer model vehicles are essentially computers on wheels, and as Patrician Herdman, an internationally known software test consultant, writes in her book, “When Cars Decide to Kill,” it is nearly impossible to prove an accident was the result of a software glitch, not human error.
There are several incidents reported by drivers where a car’s sudden acceleration or locked brakes ‘cleared’ itself once the car was stopped and turned on again.  Akin to rebooting a computer.
In 2009, Toyota recalled 5.2 million vehicles and the next year 2.3 million for accelerator pedal defects.  In 2014, Honda recalled 175,000 hybrids for software failure.
An article in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as early as 2009, noted that a F-22 Raptor jet fighter plane had 1.7 million lines of software operating its systems while a premium car had 100 million.  And that number has nearly doubled in the past seven years.
With additional safety and convenience options, like automatic sensor braking, the issues become even more complex.
Currently, there are no ‘software safety’ laws for carmakers, but, considering how many electronic devices have become standard in new cars, it may become necessary to legislate some.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Possible Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Crash Kills Five, Injures Three In California

Possible Toyota Sudden Unintended Acceleration Crash Kills Five, Injures Three In California

ONTARIO, Calif., — A deadly New Year’s Eve crashthat claimed the lives of five people in Ontario, Calif., has attracted the attention of federal transportation safety investigators after reports emerged that the offending vehicle – a  Yaris – started to speed out of control.
The report could reignite concerns of sudden unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles, a that potentially affected millions of vehicles in the U.S. as early as 2007, causing unexpected high-power acceleration and crashes.
A spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) told CBS News that it sent a special crash investigations team to the -area city to work with specialists from the  Highway Patrol in inspecting the Yaris.
The crash occurred just after 7 p.m. after the Yaris “began to accelerate uncontrollably” while driving east on the Interstate 10, the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department reported. The driver of the Yaris was “unable to stop or slow the car” and drove off the interstate at the Vineyard Avenue exit in Ontario, colliding with a Toyota Solara that, according to one witness, just pulled out of a gas station.
The crash killed all four occupants of the Solara and a seven-year-old boy who was riding in the speeding Yaris. The driver of the Yaris, along with a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl who were passengers, are being treated for injuries at Loma Linda Medical Center in Loma Linda, Calif.
The Los Angeles Times reported that the boy died in a nearby emergency room. The other four victims in the Solara died at the scene. They were identified as Matthew Pusateri, 29, of Mission Viejo; Anthony Flores, 30, of Hemet; Jeffrey Willey, 29, of Huntington Beach; and Monica Flores, 37, of Arcadia.

In late 2009, Toyota began recalling vehicles affected by the sudden unintended acceleration defect, which it insisted stemmed from floor mat jams. Critics, independent engineers, and safety experts, however, blamed the problem on an electronic glitch in the vehicles’ operating systems. Recalls were extended into 2010, with approximately 5.2 million vehicles recalled for the “floor mat” problem and an additional 2.3 million vehicles for defective accelerator pedals. Nearly 2 million vehicles were affected by both recalls.

Beasley Allen  were involved in  surrounding the Toyota sudden unintended acceleration from the beginning. They alleged the problem was actually bigger: the software in the Toyota that controlled the electronic throttle system was poorly designed and did not conform to industry standards.

In October 2013, Beasley Allen lawyers went to trial on behalf of the family of Jean Bookout. She was injured and her passenger Barbara Schwarz was killed in a September 2007 crash involving a Toyota Camry. The jury’s verdict in this landmark acceleration case — awarding $3 million in compensatory damages and finding that the plaintiffs were entitled to punitive damages — not only led Toyota to settle the case for a confidential amount before the jury could determine the amount of punitive damages, but caused Toyota to try to reach a global settlement of the hundreds and hundreds of cases pending in multidistrict litigation proceedings.


NHTSA [labelled by  

Beware of Toyota. Their next victim may be YOU...

 as NHTSA = No Help To Solve Anything

...will suddenly sprout magical wings..... 

...develop magical expertise.....and diagnose a TOYOTA problem that has KILLED PEOPLE? 

 ....after ignoring COMPLAINTS that have been filed? 

....What can we expect from NHTSA that lacks the expertise to analyze potential software problems? 


Government asked to investigate Kia Optima crash after twin boys killed in Winchester, Tennessee.

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 — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been asked to investigate a crash that killed twin 7-year-old boys and an 83-year-old woman. The 11:30 a.m. New Year's Eve crash in Winchester, Tennessee, occurred when a 2008 Kia Optima traveling 90 mph slammed into the rear-end of a minivan.
The minivan was stopped at a traffic light at Highway 41 and Bypass Road when the 2008 Kia Optima, driven by Mary Jane Parks, crashed into the back of the minivan, sending the minivan into a Ford F-150 driven by Robert Evans. The damage to the minivan was so severe it was difficult to tell it was a minivan (see image).
In the minivan were Lynetta and Aaron Hill, parents of twin 7-year-old boys James and John Hill. James Hill was pronounced dead at the scene and his brother John Hill died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
The driver of the Kia Optima, Mary Parks, died the next day in hospital, but before she died Parks told authorities it felt like the gas pedal was stuck and she couldn't get it to move.
Lynetta Hill was hospitalized with numerous injuries, including a collapsed lung and numerous broken ribs. Her husband is in critical condition and Jimmie Northcutt, 75, a passenger in the Optima, is listed in stable condition.
NHTSA was asked to investigate any possible mechanical malfunction after local police said they were concerned about sticking gas pedal issues in the Kia Optima.
This is the second fatal New Year's Eve crash the government has been invited to investigate based on possible unintended acceleration events.
NHTSA has agreed to send investigators to California to investigate why a Toyota Yaris slammed into another vehicle, all without leaving any skid marks. The California crash killed five people.

KIA OPTIMA Problems - 2008 KIA OPTIMA Vehicle Speed Control Problems

Vehicle Speed Control Problem on the 2008 KIA OPTIMA

Car problem(s) with the 2008 KIA OPTIMA. This database includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. You may file your own complaint by calling the NHTSA Monday-Friday 8am to 8pm at (888) 327-4236, TTY: (800) 424-9153. You can also file your complaint online.

There are 92 complaints filed for the 2008 KIA OPTIMA

Below is a list of complaints & problems filed against the 2008 KIA OPTIMA. These problems includes information received by NHTSA from consumers either directly or as recorded by the Vehicle Safety Hotline. This information may be used by NHTSA during the investigation process. If you like to file an official complaint for the 2008 KIA OPTIMA, you can do so by calling the NHTSA Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm at 888-327-4236, TTY: 800-424-9153. You can also file your complaint online by clicking here. Your complaint will be added to the NHTSA complaints database after a thorough review. If a trend is discovered, an investigation will be opened by the ODI.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Feds checking on possible unintended acceleration car crash

Feds checking on possible unintended acceleration car crash

Updated 10:06 pm, Monday, January 4, 2016


ONTARIO, Calif. (AP) — Federal transportation safety officials have taken an interest in a New Year's Eve crash near Los Angeles in which a driver of a Toyota Yaris said the car began to accelerate uncontrollably before smashing into another car.
Five people died in the collision.
Gordon Trowbridge, a spokesman for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says the agency's special crash investigations team will join accident specialists from the California Highway Patrol when they inspect the Yaris.
CHP Officer Christina Wood said all possible factors will be scrutinized, including a stuck accelerator. She said the CHP already has ruled out drunk driving.
Several years ago, Toyota and its Lexus luxury brand vehicles were plagued by complaints of unwanted acceleration as well as investigations, recalls and lawsuits.

Five killed, including 7-year-old boy, after out-of-control car veers off 10 Freeway
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Four adults and a 7-year-old boy were killed Thursday in Ontario after an out-of-control car drove off the 10 Freeway and hit another vehicle near an exit ramp, officials said.
Michael Pineda, a boy who was riding in the out-of-control Toyota Yaris, died in a nearby emergency room, the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department said Friday.
All four people in the other vehicle, a Toyota Solara, died at the scene, authorities said. They were identified as: Matthew Pusateri, 29, of Mission Viejo; Anthony Flores, 30, of Hemet; Jeffrey Willey, 29, of Huntington Beach; and Monica Flores, 37, of Arcadia.

The crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, sheriff's officials said, after the Yaris "began to accelerate uncontrollably" while driving east on the 10 Freeway.

The driver, "unable to stop or slow the car," drove off the freeway at the Vineyard Avenue exit, the sheriff's department said. It then struck the second car, a sedan driving north on Vineyard.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
CHP Officer Christina Wood said Friday that investigators do not believe the 51-year-old woman driving the Yaris was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The driver, Wood added, was “fully cooperating” with investigators.
The driver, along with a 16-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl who were passengers, were still at Loma Linda University Medical Center on Friday, Wood said, where they were being treated for their injuries.
Wood said the driver was related to the 7-year-old boy who was killed in the crash, but did not specify how.
The two people sitting in the front of the Solara were wearing their seatbelts, Wood said. Investigators have not been able to determine whether the two people in the backseat were, she said, because of the damage to the vehicle.
Times staff writer Soumya Karlamangla contributed to this report.